Shakespeare's Pizza to open third location

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 | 7:09 p.m. CDT; updated 2:59 p.m. CDT, Thursday, November 3, 2011
Kurt Mirtsching, manager of Shakespeare's Pizza, stands behind the register at the Ninth Street location on Tuesday, Oct. 12th, 2010. Shakespeare's will open a third location soon on Peachtree Drive.

COLUMBIA— At 4 p.m. the downtown location of Shakespeare's Pizza is a little slow. Only a few customers occupy the tables, and the staff behind the counter sings along with "Beautiful Oblivion" playing over the speakers.

But once evening comes and dinnertime rolls around, Shakespeare's overflows with customers. It's this reason that the Shakespeare's chain is expanding to a third Columbia location.  

"Have you ever been here at 7 o’clock on Friday night?" general manager Kurt Mirtsching said. "You can't get in the place. Same with the west store, because lots and lots of people flatter us by coming here an awful lot. We're packed."

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Plans to open a new location in south Columbia — in a vacant strip center at 3911 Peachtree Drive — are in the works. No exact date is set yet, but Mirtsching said he aims to open this spring.

Although the new location is more than double the size of the other two locations, there are no plans to make major changes to the popular pizza place.

"We're going to try and emulate and duplicate everything we can," Mirtsching said. "We're going to add some things behind the scenes that will make it function a little better with the layout and the operation of the restaurant, but hopefully from the  customers' side of things, it'll be the same thing."

The new location will have an estimated seating capacity of 250 in the main dining room, approximately 150 or so in private party rooms and a patio that seats about 50.

Shakespeare's began surveying its customers about a year ago. Employees asked customers where they came from to visit Shakespeare's. The results showed most of their customers came from the southern part of Columbia, Mirtsching said.

New employees will be placed at the downtown and west locations, and current employees from the two existing locations will move to the new building, he said.

"I've been waiting for a year," Mirtsching said. "We have a great gang here, and we're really excited about it."

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mike mentor November 2, 2011 | 8:33 p.m.

Whoooo Hooooo !!!!!

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nick friedman November 2, 2011 | 10:43 p.m.

It would've been nice to include a map to show where this is in relation to the other two locations. Peachtree Drive doesn't really mean anything to me without Googling it.

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Gerald Shelnutt November 2, 2011 | 10:51 p.m.

Ah hell Nick the pizza is ok but not sure it's worth the drive to Peachtree Drive.

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Bill Fisher November 3, 2011 | 3:28 a.m.

Gerald, Shakespeare's is always worth the drive, no matter how far the distance.

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Cho Ling Ngai November 3, 2011 | 3:43 a.m.

I agree, Shakespeare's Pizza is almost like a landmark in Columbia! Cannot wait to savor their gourmet pizza at the new location.

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Steve Baumann November 3, 2011 | 7:27 a.m.

I was not impressed with my last Shakespeare experience. Seems the food had taken a downhill turn, a shame, it used to be so delicious. And the place was filthy.
Will I give them another chance?
Probably, one more.

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Sally Willis November 3, 2011 | 8:05 a.m.

I like Shakespeare's but get tired of it. Every time my family come to town we HAVE to eat there! They need to put one of these places in K.C. so my sisters will try something new when they come to Como.

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Kelly Moffitt November 3, 2011 | 2:42 p.m.

Hey @nick friedman, Just to let you know, we're working on putting up a new Google map with the other two locations pinpointed on it. You're right, it would help with some context. Look for it in the next few minutes.

Kelly Moffitt, Community Outreach Team, Columbia Missourian

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McKenzie Kramer November 3, 2011 | 3:54 p.m.

I love this! The downtown location is always so crowded on weekends, having another on Peachtree is a great convenience for those who don't live so close to campus. Can't wait!

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